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Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November 29, 2018

Georgia has landed the four spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, while Oklahoma is now in position to grab one of the semifinal positions. Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame have hung onto the top three spots, but the Bulldogs’ hold on fourth could be short-lived unless they can knock off the Crimson Tide in the SEC championship game on Saturday. An Alabama victory could move the Sooners to four, but a loss could still keep the Tide among the four semifinalists for the national championship. Ohio State has moved up to sixth and will likely need a Big Ten championship game victory over Northwestern and losses by Clemson and Oklahoma in their conference title games to crack the semifinals. The Tigers face Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game at Charlotte, and the Sooners take on Texas for the Big 12 crown near Dallas. Michigan slid from fourth to seventh with Saturday’s blowout loss to the Buckeyes. Unbeaten Central Florida is eighth, followed by Florida and LSU.

The Buffalo Sabres have gone from worst to first, and the rest of the NHL is on notice. With a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks last night, the Sabres have a league-leading 36 points. That makes them the first team ever to finish the previous season with the worst record and lead the NHL outright in points after 25 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Five teams have been tied for first place at this point after having the worst record, the most recent being the 1967-68 Bruins. The 17-6-2 Sabres have won ten games in a row and owns the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Nebraska defenders Dicaprio Bootle and Mohamed Barry led a group of Husker defensive and special teams standout honored by the Big Ten Conference yesterday. A sophomore cornerback, Bootle was a third-team all-conference selection by both the Coaches and the Big Ten Media. He registered 15 pass breakups on the season, tying for the second-most PBU in Nebraska history and the most since 2004. Barry had a standout junior season at linebacker and earned third-team recognition by the Big Ten Media and honorable-mention accolades from the coaches. He led Nebraska with 112 tackles, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David had 133 tackles in 2011. Three other Husker players received honorable-mention all-conference recognition in linebacker Luke Gifford, defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis, and punter Isaac Armstrong. The Big Ten will announce all-conference offensive teams today.

The Omaha World Herald has announced its preseason high school girls basketball rankings. Millard South is ranked first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while South Sioux City is preseason ranked fourth in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High is number one, defending state champion Columbus Scotus is fifth, and Pierce comes in eighth. In Class ‘C-2’, defending state champion Superior is preseason ranked first, Oakland/Craig is second, Stanton is ranked third, Crofton comes in fifth, Burwell is seventh, Hartington Cedar Catholic is ranked eighth, and West Holt is tenth. In Class ‘D-1’, Pleasanton is preseason ranked first, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family is second, defending state champion North Central is fourth, Hartington/Newcastle comes in sixth, Elgin/Pope John is ranked eighth, and Elkhorn Valley is ninth. In Class ‘D-2’, Chambers/Wheeler Central is preseason ranked first, Humphrey St. Francis is third, Ewing comes in fourth, and Wynot is ranked seventh.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, the Creighton men host Montana at 7:30, the Nebraska-Omaha men are in Tempe, Arizona to play Arizona State at 8:00, and the Creighton women are home versus Drake at 12:00.

Local Schedule: Montana at Creighton (MBB-7:30); Nebraska-Omaha at Arizona St. at Tempe, AZ (MBB-8:00); Drake at Creighton (WBB-12:00).

Thursday Evening: The Norfolk High boys basketball team opens their season at Class ‘A’ Defending State Champion Omaha Creighton Prep at 7:15. Pregame coverage at 6:55 on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. Also, Bloomfield visits Wynot in a girl/boy basketball doubleheader starting with the girls’ game at 6:15. Pregame coverage at 6:00 on 97.5 KEXL & KEXL.com.

Local Scores: WSC 87 Nebraska-Kearney 58 (MBB).

CBS Sports Radio at Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & 780 AM Mon-Fri at 6:00 PM; Sat at 4:00; & Sun at 1:00. Also, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs!

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final Detroit 115 N-Y Knicks 108

Final Atlanta 115 Miami 113

Final Toronto 122 Memphis 114

Final Denver 117 L.A. Lakers 85

Final Indiana 109 Phoenix 104

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT Buffalo 3 San Jose 2

Final Ottawa 4 Philadelphia 3

Final Anaheim 3 Tampa Bay 1

Final Carolina 2 Montreal 1

Final Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 3

Final Vegas 8 Chicago 3

Final Colorado 3 Nashville 2

Final Arizona 4 Minnesota 3

Final OT Edmonton 1 Dallas 0

Final OT L.A. Kings 2 Vancouver 1

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (3) Duke 90 Indiana 69

Final (5) Nevada 79 Loyola of Chicago 65

Final OT Louisville 82 (9) Michigan St. 78

Final Penn St. 63 (13) Virginia Tech 62

Final (14) Iowa 69 Pittsburgh 68

Final (22) Wisconsin 79 NC State 75

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